MEET JEWELLERY DESIGNER CHRISTINE SMALLEY
CREATOR OF DIY KITS FROM HER BEST SELLING DESIGNS!
the designer: christine smalley
I started my jewellery design journey when I was 8. The 70s was the beginning of my creative exploration. I remember always making” stuff”, but it is jewellery “small sculptures” that have captured my heart and my hands!
Since that time I have inherited, collected and fossicked a vast amount of exotic, tribal, rare and highly collectable beads and embellishments.
inspiration + influences: the love of the 70s
The 70s had it all – from boho chic to retro glam – and its influence on fashion and interiors has transcended generations like few eras, before or since. Christine loves objects and the stories they tell. Christine’s passion for unique and beautiful things evolved from the stories her aunts told her from their overland adventures from Persia to Morocco and their exotic embellished clothes and jewellery. She is also influenced by the jet set glamour of the 1960s and remembers the photos of her stylish grandmother travelling at this time with her silk scarves, statement earrings and Oroton handbag.
At Etelage we select the best elements of the iconic decade and infused them throughout our jewellery collections. Offering a fresh modern take on 70s bohemian opulence you will love to wear for years to come. And naturally no 70s-inspired collection would be complete without a sprinkling of gold. We are big fans of brass which imbues a relaxed opulence and evokes a classic glamour whilst delivering in spades in its eco style and wearability.
Our jewellery collections are lovingly made in Sydney and inspired by the modernist deco era, jet set glam 60s, boho 70s and tribal cultures.
The Etelage brand has become synonymous with innovative design and meticulous handcrafting using an eclectic mix of vintage and modern brass, glass and stones with a strong emphasis on sustainable style. Drop by our stockists if you love the discovery of a local label, and enjoy the beauty of our jewellery in person.
Made for the modern bohemian woman since 2002, every piece is designed to be layered, worn dressed up or dressed down…but ultimately to help you express your own style, and be your authentic self. Eclectic, not trend driven, you will love and wear for years.
Our signature best selling earrings are now available as a DIY kit project with online tutorial to make at home whilst practising physical distancing.